YOUR BODY DOESN’T HATE YOU

Do you hate your body? Are you upset with what it feels, how it reacts  and how it moves? This blog is about trauma and eating disorders, and one aspect in how they are linked together. You see, trauma remains stuck in the body  in the form of re-experiencing feelings and sensations that do not…

Mental Health: A Therapist’s Journey

January 25th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. It is a day devoted to opening up space around metal health/illness and  having a conversation to eradicate stigma. In honour of this day, and of removing the fear around speaking up, I decided to talk, and share my own story of depression and anxiety. I have experienced…

The Best New Year’s Resolution…..Ever!

The clock strikes midnight. The new year is welcomed in along with new energy, fresh resolutions and the promise of achieving something we did not the year before.  We are full of energy and determination, the drive towards accomplishment coursing through our veins. This year, like so many others, there will be a myriad of…

Adulting: Great Expectations or Humbug?

The Holidays are around the corner, causing many people to introspect on the months passed with a sense of anxiety and great sadness. One reason behind the melancholy is our tendency to focus on what we don’t have, what we should have, and what we thought we would have by now in our lives. This…

The Healing Power of Animals

I always had a love of animals. Growing up, I experienced some  loss around family pets and was apprehensive about bringing a furry family member into my life as an adult. Even though I really wanted to share my life with a pet, I was deterred by childhood experiences and always put off adopting. At…

Healing and Recovery

Healing and recovery are often viewed as synonymous when we talk about eating disorders and addictions. It is sometimes believed that once you are recovered, you are also healed from the cause of the underlying issue. I wanted to shed light on this topic as this type of thinking can be false, and cause a…

Finding Happiness: The Paradox of Controlling and Letting Go

A big part of why we are unhappy is our belief that we cannot control our lives in the direction we want them to go. The truth, however, is that the way we see/define control is the reason why we cannot move forward.  We either see control a something unattainable, impossible, something we cannot hold…

The How and Why of Self-love

I love the word love. I love writing it, looking at it, I even have it on my desk as a paperweight. In fact, this is a photo of it. There is a small drawing I made with the word love on my fridge….a reminder that when times are tough, there is love somewhere in…

Love Thy Self, Love Thy Body

This entry is for both men and women as I want to honour that men also experience issues around body image and eating disorders. There exists a strong belief that if we change our bodies, we will then like or love ourselves. We think our body shapes are the reason for lack of self-acceptance and…

Ending the Drama of Work Trauma

Long gone are supposed to be the days of being sent to the principal’s office. However, the current organizational culture can make us adults feel like children in trouble, being called to the manager’s office.  Organizations spend millions of dollars using EAP programs to aid workers with stress, but nobody really speaks about abuse in…